1961 New Moons, calendar of new moons in 1961

The New Moon 1961 Calendar will help you look back at the new moons in 1961 that occurred during the year.

A new moon is the first lunar phase that happens about once a month or, 29.53 days on average. The moon itself is not visible though you may be able to “see” it because it blocks the visibility of the stars behind it.

Dark watercolor of the moon on a starry background for the calendar of 1961 new moons

The new moon calendar of the new moon dates in 1961 with exact times and dates when they occurred in the U.S. Eastern Time Zone adjusted for Daylight Savings Time for part of the year.

What were the dates of the New Moons in 1961?

In 1961 there were 12 new moons during the year. The dates and times of the new moons in 1961 were:

  1. January 16, 1961 at 4:30 PM, New Blue Moon
  2. February 15, 1961 at 3:10 AM, New Worm Moon
  3. March 16, 1961 at 1:51 PM, New Pink Moon
  4. April 15, 1961 at 12:37 AM, New Blue Moon
  5. May 14, 1961 at 12:54 PM, New Flower Moon
  6. June 13, 1961 at 1:16 AM, New Strawberry Moon
  7. July 12, 1961 at 3:11 PM, New Buck Moon
  8. August 11, 1961 at 6:36 AM, New Sturgeon Moon
  9. September 9, 1961 at 10:49 PM, New Harvest Moon
  10. October 9, 1961 at 2:53 PM, New Hunter’s Moon
  11. November 8, 1961 at 4:58 AM, New Beaver Moon
  12. December 7, 1961 at 6:52 PM, New Cold Moon

New Moon Calendar 1961

For 1961, there were 12 new moons. The year started with its first new moon in mid-January setting up the year to have 12 new moons during the year. There were two solar eclipses in 1961.

January 16, 1961 – New Blue Moon

The January 1961 New Moon was on Monday, January 16, 1961 at 4:30 PM. The New Blue Moon was the first new moon of Winter. The January New Moon was the New Moon in Capricorn.

February 15, 1961 – New Worm Moon

The February 1961 New Moon was on Wednesday, February 15, 1961 at 3:10 AM. The New Worm Moon was the second new moon of Winter. The February New Moon was the New Moon in Aquarius. The solar eclipse in February was a Total Solar Eclipse.

March 16, 1961 – New Pink Moon

The March 1961 New Moon was on Thursday, March 16, 1961 at 1:51 PM. The New Pink Moon was the last new moon of Winter. The March New Moon was the New Moon in Pisces.

April 15, 1961 – New Blue Moon

The April 1961 New Moon was on Saturday, April 15, 1961 at 12:37 AM. The New Blue Moon was the first new moon of Spring. The April New Moon was the New Moon in Aries.

May 14, 1961 – New Flower Moon

The May 1961 New Moon was on Sunday, May 14, 1961 at 12:54 PM. The New Flower Moon was the second new moon of Spring. The May New Moon was the New Moon in Taurus.

June 13, 1961 – New Strawberry Moon

The June 1961 New Moon was on Tuesday, June 13, 1961 at 1:16 AM. The New Strawberry Moon was the last new moon of Spring. The June New Moon was the New Moon in Gemini.

July 12, 1961 – New Buck Moon

The July 1961 New Moon was on Wednesday, July 12, 1961 at 3:11 PM. The New Buck Moon was the first new moon of Summer. The July New Moon was the New Moon in Cancer.

August 11, 1961 – New Sturgeon Moon

The August 1961 New Moon was on Friday, August 11, 1961 at 6:36 AM. The New Sturgeon Moon was the second new moon of Summer. The August New Moon was the New Moon in Leo. The solar eclipse in August was an Annular Solar Eclipse.

September 9, 1961 – New Harvest Moon

The September 1961 New Moon was on Saturday, September 9, 1961 at 10:49 PM. The New Harvest Moon was the last new moon of Summer. The September New Moon was the New Moon in Virgo.

October 9, 1961 – New Hunter’s Moon

The October 1961 New Moon was on Monday, October 9, 1961 at 2:53 PM. The New Hunter’s Moon was the first new moon of Autumn. The October New Moon was the New Moon in Libra.

November 8, 1961 – New Beaver Moon

The November 1961 New Moon was on Wednesday, November 8, 1961 at 4:58 AM. The New Beaver Moon was the second new moon of Autumn. The November New Moon was the New Moon in Scorpio.

December 7, 1961 – New Cold Moon

The December 1961 New Moon was on Thursday, December 7, 1961 at 6:52 PM. The New Cold Moon was the last new moon of Autumn. The December New Moon was the New Moon in Sagittarius.

What are the names of 1961 new moons?

The names of the 1961 new moons were:

  • January: New Blue Moon
  • February: New Worm Moon
  • March: New Pink Moon
  • April: New Blue Moon
  • May: New Flower Moon
  • June: New Strawberry Moon
  • July: New Buck Moon
  • August: New Sturgeon Moon
  • September: New Harvest Moon
  • October: New Hunter’s Moon
  • November: New Beaver Moon
  • December: New Cold Moon

The January and April new moons were called New Blue Moon because January and April each had blue moon that year. Starting from May the New Moon and Full Moon for each lunar cycle were in the same month.

The September new moon was called the New Harvest Moon because the October Full Moon was closer to the Autumn Equinox than the September Full Moon.

Was there a black moon in 1961?

No, there was not a black moon in 1961 because each month had a new moon, at least one full moon, and each season had three new moons.

There isn’t an official definition of a black moon and there are four potential versions. As a result, it’s not rare to have a black moon in a year. It’s possible to have multiple back moons in a year but not all four. The four types of black moons are:

  • A month with two new moons
  • A month without a full moon, only a new moon
  • A month without a new moon, only a full moon
  • A season with four new moons, making the third a seasonal black moon

Because February has either 28 or 29 days, it’s the only calendar month that may not have both a new moon and a full moon in a given year.

1961 Equinoxes and Solstices

The 1961 dates of the equinoxes and solstices were:

Equinox / SolsticeMonth1961 DateU.S. Eastern Time
Vernal Equinox (Spring)MarchMarch 20, 19613:32 PM
Summer SolsticeJuneJune 21, 196111:30 AM
Autumn EquinoxSeptemberSeptember 23, 19612:42 AM
Winter SolsticeDecemberDecember 21, 19619:19 PM

The first new moon after Spring Equinox 1961 was on Saturday, April 15 at 12:37 AM. Spring had three new moons in 1961.

The first new moon after the Summer Solstice 1961 was on Wednesday, July 12 at 3:11 PM. Summer had three new moons.

The first new moon after the Autumn Equinox 1961 was on Monday, October 9 at 2:53 PM. Summer had three new moons.

The first new moon after the Winter Solstice 1961 was on Saturday, January 6 at 7:35 AM. It was the January 1962 new moon. The winter season had three new moons.

What are the phases of the moon?

The four primary phases are the new moon, the first quarter, the full moon, and the last quarter. The minor phases are the waxing crescent, the waxing gibbous, the waning gibbous, and the waning crescent.

The lunar month lasts an average of 29.53 days and begins with the new moon. The first quarter moon occurs between the new moon and the full moon.

A full moon occurs in the middle of the lunar month when the Earth is directly between the Sun and the Moon, so the moon looks completely illuminated. The last quarter moon occurs after the full moon and before the next new moon.

Dark watercolor of the moon on a starry background for the calendar of 1961 new moons


Sources

The dates and exact time provided by NASA for the United States (USA) Eastern Time Zone, including major cities such as New York, unless otherwise stated, and adjusted for Daylight Savings Time for part of the year. Since your local timezone may be different, the exact dates may shift for your calendar. The supermoon calculations are based on those by AstroPixels.